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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences

Tristan Wallhead, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health. Tristan Wallhead, Ph.D.


Assistant Director, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

(307) 766-4191

Corbett Building, Room 113








Tristan Wallhead came to the United States from England after serving as a physical education teacher at a high school with Sports College status for six years. Following the completion of his PHhD at the Ohio State University under the supervision of Dr. Mary O'Sullivan he took a faculty position in the Physical Education Teacher Education program at the University of Wyoming. He continues to conduct research on the effects of Sport Education on student motivation and physical literacy, and uses the didactic methodology to examine student learning during peer-assisted learning strategies. He was promoted to Professor in 2017 and was inducted as a research fellow for AAHPERD in 2013. He received the Central District SHAPE Scholar Award (2016) and was named 2018 Outstanding Reviewer for both the Journal of Teaching Physical Education and Physical Education Sport Pedagogy. He serves on the Board of Directors for AIESEP. Since 2017 he has fulfilled the role of Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Health Sciences. If you are interested in being supervised by Dr. Wallhead for a Masters degree in PETE please email him directly.



Ph.D. The Ohio State University (2004)

M.S. Leeds Metropolitan University (2000)

B.S. (Hons) Loughborough University (1997)



Funded Grants:

2018-2019       Lin, E., Sum, K. W., Wallhead, T. (co-I), Yan, B., Choi, S. M. Effects of Sport Education Intervention on Students’ Perceived Physical Literacy and Physical Activity Levels in University Required Physical Education.Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, Chinese University of Hong Kong. ($22,000 (HK$170,000))

2016-2018       Sum, K. W., Ha, S. C., Sit, H. P., & Wallhead, T. (co-I) Effects of Physical Education Continuing Professional Development on Teachers’ Physical Literacy and Self-Efficacy and Students' Learning Outcomes. General Research Fund, Research Grant Committee, Hong Kong SAR. ($100,000 (HK$764,492))


Recent Publications:

Choi, S.M., Sum, K.W.R., Wallhead, T. L. Ha, S.C.A., Sit, H.P., Shy, D.Y., Wei, F.M. (2020). Pre-service physical education teachers’ perceived physical literacy and teaching efficacy. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. DOI: 10.1123/jtpe.2019-0076.


Harvey, S., & Pill, S., Hastie, P.A., & Wallhead, T. L. (2020). Physical educators’ perceptions of the successes, constraints, and possibilities associated with implementing the Sport Education Model. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. DOI:10.1080/17408989.2020.1752650


Farias, C., Wallhead, T.L., & Mesquita, I. (2019). ‘The project changed my life’: Sport Education’s transformative potential on student physical literacy. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, 91, 263-278.


Li, M., Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L., Ha, S. C., Sit, C., Li, R. (2019). Influence of perceived physical literacy on coaching efficacy and leadership behavior: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 18, 82-90.


Knowles, A., Wallhead, T. L., & Readdy, T. (2018). Exploring the synergy between Sport Education and in-school sport participation. Journal of Teaching Physical Education, 37, 113-122.


Sum, K. W. R., Cheng, FC., Wallhead, T. L., Kuo, C-C., Wang, F. J., & Choi, S. M. (2018). Perceived physicalliteracy instrument for adolescents: A further validation of PPLI. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 16, 26-31.


Sum, K. W. R., Wallhead, T. L., Ha, S. C. A., Sit, H. P. C. (2018). Effects of physical education continuing professional development on teachers’ physical literacy, self-efficacy and students' learning outcomes. International Journal of Educational Research, 88, 1-8.


Further Research:

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  • KIN 4012 Curriculum Development in Physical Education

  • KIN 4017 Teaching Lab III Practicum

  • KIN 5014 Teaching Tactics in Sport-based Physical Education

  • KIN 5018 Psychology of Teaching Physical Education

  • KIN 5019 Instructional Models for Physical Education


  • AIESEP Board of Directors (2014-)

  • AIESEP 2016 Conference, Laramie – Chair of Scientific Committee

  • WAHPERD VP for Physical Education (2013-2015)

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Teaching Physical Education (2014-2017)

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